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RE: Form and label element association

From: Chris Hofstader <chrish@freedomscientific.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2003 14:56:04 -0500
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We have already recommended this to the W3C/WAI and hope that the attribute 
not remain specific to JAWS.  I discussed this with Al Gilman in DC last 
week and there does seem to be some discussion within W3C on the matter.

-----Original Message-----
From: John M Slatin [mailto:john_slatin@austin.utexas.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2003 2:27 PM
To: Sailesh Panchang; w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Cc: Chris Hofstader
Subject: RE: Form and label element association

I heard somewhere (perhaps from someone at Freedom Scientific?) that the 
company plans to propose the context-help attribute as an addition to XHTML 
sometime in the future. If that happens, then we can recommend that 
developers use it.  But in the meantime-- proprietary attributes line the 
road to madness for end-users and developers alike.

My two cents' worth.


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-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On 
Behalf Of Sailesh Panchang
Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2003 1:02 pm
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Cc: Chris Hofstader
Subject: Re: Form and label element association

While on this subject:
For making a form accessible to JAWS 5.0 users, an HTML tag that Freedom 
Scientific supports is  ContextHelp. Here is an example... it is not  a 
standard though.
<label for="pcp" >Name of PCP:</label>
<input type="text" id="pcp" tabindex="10" ContextHelp="Enter name of 
primary care physician" />
When JAWS encounters this it says "Press Insert+F1 for help" and one can 
hear the help text and then press Exc to excape... all this in forms data 
entry mode. Must say it works well for me.
Sailesh Panchang
Senior Accessibility Engineer
Deque Systems,11180  Sunrise Valley Drive,
4th Floor, Reston VA 20191
Tel: 703-225-0380 Extension 105
E-mail: <mailto:sailesh.panchang@deque.com>sailesh.panchang@deque.com
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